S. River wins at OT horn, 14-13


South River's Frannie Sullivan saw the opening in front of the Broadneck goal, quickly slid into it and screamed for teammate Jen May.

It was late in overtime, and May, on the right side of the field, fired a perfect pass to Sullivan, alone in front of Broadneck goalie Megan Millhausen. Sullivan faked a high shot, then slipped in the low, game-winning shot as time expired.

The goal gave No. 7 South River a 14-13 win over No. 4 Broadneck and the Class 4A-3A East regional girls lacrosse title. South River (14-2) advanced to the state semifinals tomorrow or Saturday against No. 3C. Milton Wright, which beat No. 14 Dulaney, 16-11, yesterday.

The result ended Broadneck's two-year run as state champion but set off a wild celebration from the visiting Seahawks.

"I was just thinking, 'Don't miss,'" said Sullivan, unsuccessful on a game-winning try near the end of regulation.

May, a senior who had two goals and three assists, took a quick pass from Natalie Cullers after the draw with 11 seconds left to start the decisive play.

"I looked around to see my options," May said. "When I saw Frannie, I knew she was going to score."

Sullivan (three goals, one assist) ended a wild, back-and-forth game in which the Seahawks twice took four-goal leads in the first half before Broadneck (13-4) rallied to tie the score at 6-6 at halftime. The score was tied nine times, and South River kept bouncing back after the Bruins scored key goals.

Broadneck twice took one-goal leads in the second half -- but the Seahawks scored 33 and 76 seconds later, respectively, to tie the score and turn momentum around. Kim Konston gave South River an 11-10 lead with 5:04 left, but Broadneck's Caroline Coe (four goals, two assists) forced overtime on a goal with 40 seconds remaining.

That set up the two three-minute overtime periods. Allie Johnson (three goals, two assists) tied the score at 12 with eight seconds left in the first overtime. Sullivan then scored with only 29 seconds remaining in the second overtime before Coe answered on a high, 5-yard shot with 11 seconds left, making the score 13-13.

South River coach Julie Norton emphasized smart play and staying cool against a Broadneck team that had beaten the Seahawks in the Anne Arundel County title game earlier this month -- after South River won the regular-season matchup.

"There wasn't much Megan could do," Broadneck coach Karen Tengwall said, referring to her goalie on the winning shot. "It was a well-fought game. We fought as hard was we could, and I'm very proud of them."

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